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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Edzná

Edzná

Edzná’s massive complexes, that once covered more than 17 sq km, were built by a highly stratified society that flourished from about 600 BC to the 15th century AD. During that period the people of Edzná built more …
Ruins in Chenes Sites

Santa Rosa Xtampak

Though less excavated than Edzna, Uxmal or Calakmul, Santa Rosa Xtampak is considered to be the largest and most important site in the Chenes region, and was perhaps the area's one-time capital. The long drive in me…
Religious in Pomuch

Dia de los Muertos

Between October 31st and November 2nd, during Pomuch's Dia de los Muertos festival, the bones of ancestors are disinterred, cleaned and then displayed in special altars, along with the more common trimmings of marig…
Archaeological Site in Chenes Sites

Dzibilnocac

Though it only has one significant structure, Dzibilnocac possesses an eerie grandeur that merits a visit. Unlike the many hilltop sites chosen for Chenes structures, Dzibilnocac (‘big painted turtle’ is one transla…
Archaeological Site in Chenes Sites

Hochob

About 60km south of Hopelchén, Hochob, ‘the place where corn is harvested,’ is among the most beautiful and terrifying of the Chenes-style sites. The Palacio Principal (Estructura 2, though signposted as ‘Estructura…
Museum in Hecelchakán

Museo Arqueológico del Camino Real

This tiny museum, on the north corner of the plaza, doesn't get much traffic. But it should. It contains a small but compelling collection of ceramic art excavated from Isla de Jaina, a tiny island due west of Hecel…
Archaeological Site in Chenes Sites

El Tabasqueño

Supposedly named after a local landowner from Tabasco, El Tabasqueño boasts a temple-palace (Estructura 1) with a striking monster-mouth doorway, flanked by stacks of eight Chac masks with hooked snouts. Estructura …
Arts & Crafts in Bécal

Artesania Antonio Acosta

More than 40 years ago the Acosta family dug a jipi cave in their backyard and they're still making hats like their grandparents did. In 10 minutes they'll give you a fascinating tour, showing the plant fibers and t…
Bakery in Pomuch

Panadería La Huachita

One of the famous bread shops here, La Huachita has been around more than a century. Flags fly, the shelves are filled with a variety of comestibles and kitch, but the pan (bread) remains so popular it flies off the…
Mexican in Hecelchakán

Chujuc Haa

It's nothing special to look at, but this popular restaurant serves regional cuisine such as poc-chuc, the local pork steak (M$52) that comes with rice, beans and salad. A half order is plenty. Located four doors le…